Echinacea Root

R 95.00R 950.00

Echinacea Root – (Echinacea Purp Radix).

Available in 50g or 1kg.

Description

Echinacea Root

Echinacea root was used at length by Native Americans and by traditional herbalists in the United States and in Canada. One of the first written accounts was by an equestrian from Louisiana who used this herb topically on horses. According to the ethnobotanical work, Uses of Plants by the Indians of the Missouri River Region, written in 1914 by Melvin Gilmore, “echinacea seems to have been used as a remedy for more ailments than any other plant.” A variety of tribes, including the Pawnee, Dakota, Omaha-Winnebego relied heavily upon this plant. It was used for situations ranging from swellings to distemper in horses. This herb was administered as a fresh juice, herbal smudge, or smoke, and often either the leaf or root was simply chewed on. Echinacea was used traditionally for supporting the immune system and also for topical use.

People in South Africa buy echinacea root for colds and flu and either make root tea or root tincture.

ECHINACEA ROOT TEA:

  • Add 1 or 2 heaped teaspoons of dried Echinacea root for each cup of tea required, into a teapot
  • Pour boiling the water over the tea
  • Cover and leave to infuse for 8-10 minutes.
  • Strain and serve
  • Add honey or freshly squeezed lemon (even a slice of ginger root) to add an extra flavour and more health benefits

If you are wanting to make an echinacea root tincture then have a look at our How To Make a Herbal Tincture post here.

Echinacea is generally safe, but not for everyone. Do not take echinacea if you have any of the following conditions:

  • an autoimmune disorder (such as lupus)
  • multiple sclerosis
  • human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection
  • acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)
  • tuberculosis.
  • In addition, you should not take echinacea if you take immunosuppressants. It may interact with these medicines.

Additional information

Echinacea Root

50g, 1kg